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An Irish Wake

By Mary Noble Garcia In the spirit of this month when we express gratitude and remember our loved ones, both those who have gone before us and those who are still with us, I share this story. The best gifts are often those that are unexpected. This one arrived in its infancy, unannounced on my…

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Where were you, God?

By Karen Treat I love the story of Elijah in I Kings 18-19.  Elijah is the prophet who takes down all the false prophets in the area and then flees for his life because Queen Jezebel wanted him dead.  Those were her prophets.  How dare he kill them?  The disheartened Elijah runs away to find…

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I Am Listening in a Deeper Way

By Joanne Dehmer, SSND These past months have marked a significant time of my life:  I turned 70, celebrated 50 years of vowed life in community, and moved from my home of nearly 10 years to a senior independent living apartment.  In the midst of all these changes and transitions, I found myself sifting and…

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Unexpected Challenges Lead to Spiritual Insights at 80

By Kay Vander Vort Nine days after my 80th birthday as I climbed up a short stairway, my left leg crumbled. I was returning from a wonderful birthday trip with my son and family.  The days following are a blur – getting on a plane in Boston back to Minneapolis in Sunday night in lots…

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The Second Half of Life: new territory and big spiritual questions

By Barbara Leonard Until fairly recently the idea of planning for the second half of life was pretty much tied with retirement at age 65.  With increasing longevity, however, many will be active into their 80s and 90s.  Financial advisors now suggest waiting to take Social Security benefits later whereas a decade before they encouraged…

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Boston, Marathons, Motions of the Soul

By Dan Johnson Hi. I’m Dan Johnson and am very grateful to be writing this piece today having recently joined the staff here at Loyola. Some of you may remember a blog or two from me four or five years ago when I previously had the honor of working with the great staff here. I…

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Reflections from the Heartland of the Reformation… and Beyond

By Susanna Bertelsen In late July, 2017, my husband and I went to Germany to visit the “Lutherstadts” or the historical sites of Martin Luther and the Reformation.  We saw Eiseleben, his birth and childhood home, where he grew up in a family of affluence, (his father owned a mining company) and began reluctantly to…

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Tapping into Divine Love Through Turbulent Times

By Carolyn Kolovitz How do we become increasingly grounded in Divine Love while chaotic hatred marches in our streets, flows from our TV and internet screens, and hides in plain sight in our own neighborhoods? As spiritual seekers, we may share a vision of embodying compassion as modeled by Jesus, but the paths to that…

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Practicing the Presence of God: Holy Imagination

by Tom Allen Richard Rohr contends that our post- modern secular culture has forgotten how to experience an “enchanted” world. We can choose to live in the reality that all of life is sacred.  Our imaginations are a resource. Walking down the street, relishing the growth and colors, I begin to imagine that I am…

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Dancing from “Goodbye” to “Hello!”

By Susanna Bertelsen June 1, 2017 will be remembered by me as an extraordinary day.  I attended my first staff meeting at Loyola Spirituality Center in St. Paul with a warm welcome into their vibrant community of Spiritual Directors.  Later in the afternoon that same day, I joined my classmates at St. Catherine University in…

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